March-April 2017 issue

University opens its doors to business as recovery begins

Premier thanks volunteers at Southern Cross University

Many Helping Hands in flood recovery effort

Awards recognise outstanding contributions

Frogs are calling: restored waterways show results for amphibians

Music course hits high note

The music program at Southern Cross University is buzzing after The Voice sensation Darren Percival wowed audiences at the first songwriters’ workshop of the year, and new industry-standard recording facilities were unveiled. Runner-up in The Voice Australia 2012 and one of Australia’s most accomplished entertainers, Darren Percival showcased his incredible solo vocal looping at the […]

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Singer Weaves equal measure of passion for her students – and her career

Equally passionate about exploring and honing her own professional singing career as she is teaching Southern Cross University students, award-winning music lecturer Leigh Carriage has been invited to play a key role in a new mentorship program for songstresses in regional Queensland. Katie Noonan, Australian singer-songwriter and artistic director of the Queensland Music Festival, said […]

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New research into paid parental leave

The choice of twelve months paid parental leave would best support women’s workforce participation and optimal care for children in Australia, according to the findings of Southern Cross University researcher Dr Wendy Boyd. Ongoing research through the School of Education began as part of Dr Boyd’s PhD studies 10 years ago when 120 first-time mothers […]

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Igniting students’ passions through new university program

Southern Cross University has kicked off an innovative guest lecturing program in local high schools in the Tweed and Gold Coast regions. SCU Ignite involves academic staff from the School of Business and Tourism visiting select schools to deliver a short educational presentation to senior students. Southern Cross University marketing lecturer Katie O’Rourke visited St […]

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Law graduate wins prestigious Leo Cussen’s Advocacy Award

Southern Cross University law graduate Matthew Murphy recently won a prestigious Leo Cussen’s Advocacy Award with Distinction following his final practical placement in Melbourne. The 25-year-old graduate from Lennox Head moved to Melbourne mid-last year to complete his Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at Leo Cussen, a practical training organisation in Melbourne CBD. “As part […]

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Indigenous health student awarded national scholarship

Southern Cross University Indigenous student Markas Jacobsen has been awarded the prestigious Puggy Hunter Memorial Scholarship to study osteopathy. The first-year Bachelor of Clinical Sciences student completed the Preparing for Success Program last year to gain university entry and has now received the competitive national, externally-awarded Indigenous scholarship worth up to $15,000 a year. The […]

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Too hot to learn – why Australian schools need a national policy on coping with heatwaves

Dr Brendon Hyndman is an academic in Health & Physical Education (PDHPE) within the School of Education at Southern Cross University. His research has been focused on schools as a crucial setting to develop students’ physical activity participation, health and overall wellbeing. In this article, Dr Hyndman looks at the impact of heatwaves on children’s […]

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High school students gain Head-Start at University

Year 11 and 12 students from the Gold Coast through to the Coffs Harbour region are getting a head start at Southern Cross University, completing a first-year university subject alongside their senior school study. The prestigious 12-week Head-Start program, now in its sixth year, has welcomed 149 local students from across the Gold Coast, Lismore […]

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Postcard to home: Marcella Atu Fitina

Marcella Atu Fitina and her husband Charlie Siwa from Papua New Guinea have both received Australian Awards Scholarships to study at Southern Cross University. The aim of the federal government initiative is to contribute to the long-term development needs of Australia’s partner countries, providing opportunities for people from developing countries to study full time at […]

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Meet the staff: Dr Bennan Chen

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The new aquaculture operations manager at Southern Cross University’s National Marine Science Centre, Dr Bennan Chen, has spent most of his career improving the survival rates of larval ‘baby’ fish, with his research transforming the aquaculture industry. Dr Chen, who took up his position  at Southern Cross University late last year, has more than 25 […]

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